WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSFA) - President Donald Trump has appointed Alabama native and crime victims' advocate Darlene Hutchinson to be Director of the Office of Victims of Crime within the Department of Justice, the White House announced on Friday.
According to a release, Hutchinson has been a crime victims' advocate for more than 20 years. She has worked extensively on legislation and public policy, teaching at police academies, and accompanying victims of all types to court and parole hearings.
Hutchinson is a well-known victim's advocate in Alabama, playing a key role in the development of Alabama's innovative victim notification system as well as the passage and ratification of a Victims' Constitutional Amendment in Alabama.
Hutchinson also served seven years as president of a victims' support and advocacy group. She has received numerous awards for her dedication to empowering survivors and protecting their rights while enhancing public safety.